Rail vision for Gisborne as well . . .
Your readers may remember my previous letter supporting investment in major repairs to the railway line south for freight in and out of the province, and with a vision for the future development long term for tourism for the area.
I thought this Labour Government with its foresight to railway infrastructure improvements and the move to building our own wagons again in Dunedin may well have this vision for rail that we need for Gisborne.
I was advised that repairs to the line could cost up to $45m, which is a large amount but this Government has spent up to $100m on setting up a two-per-day passenger train for commuters from Hamilton to Auckland and return! This puts the reinstatement of the Gisborne line for important freight, heavy trucks off a main road that needs upgrading more in to context and the expense of even up to $200m I would have thought — well worth while for such an important part of New Zealand.
Let's keep pushing for reinstatement for this important link with the rest of the country.
Robert Scott, Hamilton